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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.

2020 Hyundai Kona Electric

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Electric
79
 overall score
Category Ranking: 19
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $45,200
Price as Tested: $46,430
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Electricity
120V Charge Time: 5.7 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 28.7 miles per hour
DC Fast Charger: 80% in 54 minutes
EPA City MPGe132
EPA Highway MPGe108
EPA Combined MPGe120
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 258
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
Advanced Headlights [O]
Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [O]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
Hyundai eliminated the grille on its compact Kona SUV and replaced the gas engine with an electric motor and a 64-kWh battery. This powertrain swap literally adds a spark to the Kona's driving dynamics, making it a more engaging car to drive. Its 201-hp motor and 290 lb-ft of torque provide instant torque and decent acceleration, and its EPA-estimated 258-mile range is excellent for a moderately priced EV. The floor-mounted battery lowers the Kona's center of gravity, giving it stable and responsive handling around town and a smooth, comfortable ride on the highway. An adjustable regenerative-braking setup slows the car down aggressively or gradually, according to the driver's preferences. Room in the front of the cabin is adequate, but the backseat is somewhat cramped, cargo space is lacking, and an abundance of hard plastic creates a cheap appearance. The Kona Electric is pricey compared with its gas-powered sibling - up to $15,000 more - although some of that can be offset by a $7,500 federal tax credit. A strong complement of advanced safety features is standard, as well as convenience features such as heated seats, USB ports, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and Hyundai's connected-car system, Blue Link.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Strong EPA-rated EV range: 258 miles
  • Instant torque, respectable acceleration
  • Fun, sporty driving dynamics
  • Wide range of regenerative braking settings
Weak Points
  • Available in only 11 states
  • Tight backseat
  • Limited cargo space
  • AWD not offered
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3960.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 164.6 / 70.9 / 61.2
Wheelbase (in): 102.4
Number of air bags: 6
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Nexen Horizon AH8
Front and rear tire size: 215/55 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 1-speed
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: Permanent Magnet Synchronous
Electric motor horsepower: 201
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 9.99
EPA Emissions Score: 10.00
Acceleration: 7.13
Braking: 2.14
Crashworthiness: 3.56
Handling: 7.45
Ride Quality: 6.05
Interior Size: 2.77
Easy of Entry and Exit: 6.24
Visibility: 6.18
Interior Noise: 5.81
Cargo Capacity: 1.70
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